Maple Butternut Squash & Apple Casserole

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 24, 2010

When I came home from Paris yesterday, Fall was here, loud and clear…

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As much as I miss Paris and OSGMOM and sis, there is something very comforting about being home and back on Canadian soil.

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When I heard that we were expecting guests for dinner tonight (my brother in law Steve and his fiancée Joanne <—newly engaged!), I decided a Fall-like dinner was in order.

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Oh how I missed my kitchen.

Baking. Cooking. Creating. Experimenting.

EATING MY DELICIOUS FOOD! I’m pretty sure I am going to eat myself into a food coma this week in all the excitement.

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This huge CSA organic Butternut squash was the main feature…

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It was a big one- about 4 pounds!

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Maple Butternut Squash & Apple Casserole

Inspired by Kitchen Parade.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds butternut squash, washed, peeled, chopped into 1” cubes
  • 3 tbsp Earth Balance
  • 1 tsp curry powder (I used Arvinda’s Garam masala)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 small apples, cored and chopped into cubes
  • 3.5-4 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 cups cooked Brown basmati rice
  • 3-4 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp Sucanat or brown sugar, optional

 

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 375F. Wash squash and place in microwave on high for 3 minutes to soften. In a medium sized pot, cook the brown rice. While the rice is cooking, peel and chop approx. 1.5 pounds of butternut squash. Place into a large bowl. Add in pumpkin seeds and stir again. In a small bowl mix the melted Earth Balance, curry powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, and 1 tbsp of pure maple syrup. Add sauce to butternut squash in the large bowl. Mix well. Pour into a large casserole dish and cover with tin foil. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 375F. While baking, core and chop apples. In a small bowl mix 2 tbsp of maple syrup and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Add chopped apples and mix well. After 20 minutes, remove squash from oven and scoop on the apple mixture. Stir in the cooked brown rice. Cover with tin foil and bake another 10 minutes. Uncover the dish, stir the mixture, and sprinkle with Sucanat or brown sugar. Place into oven for another 30 minutes uncovered, stirring every 10 minutes until squash is fully cooked. Just before serving, drizzle with another tbsp of maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Adjust seasonings if necessary and enjoy!

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Butternut cheese cubes? ;)

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The sauce.

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I actually ended up changing the sauce significantly in the end. I doubled the quantity and I brought out the cinnamon and maple more! It was much better after the modifications. The recipe above reflects all my changes, don’t you worry.

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CSA Macintosh apples! Just little guys.

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The apples in this casserole were so good. Leave the skin on for extra nutrients and better texture.

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and bake!

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(This picture was taken before I added in the Pumpkin seeds- they were an after thought and I strongly suggest using them!)

Oh yeaaaaaa. This rocked my socks.

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It screams FALL….cinnamon…maple…spice…squash…pumpkin seeds…Oh my.

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I paired it with a strawberry, coconut, and Power House Glonola spinach salad.

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Along with my Better than Bottled Balsamic Vinaigrette! It was lovely.

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The dining area:

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We had to move this shelf down from our bedroom (I will be showing you why soon, it is part of the surprise I came home to!), so I decided to put it in the kitchen and add my Crazy Dish Lady plates & bowls. ;) It won’t be here forever, but it’s fine for now.

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I am off to check on the exciting things going on upstairs. Here is a hint…

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Ahhh!

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Amy @ Purewellnessamy September 25, 2010 at 8:06 am

I’ve been reading your blog for about a month now and I love it! I thoroughly enjoyed living vicariously through you in Paris ;-) That butternut squash casserole sounds amazing. I’m definitely making it this week – thanks!

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 25, 2010 at 8:08 am

I love those floors! How exciting! I’m not a big fan of home improvement stuff only because I hate having dust everywhere, but sometimes its worth it!

I loved your Paris photos but I’m really glad to see your recipes again :)

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Emily September 25, 2010 at 8:57 am

More home reno’s and they look aweeesome! Hardwood!!! And the recipe looks wonderfully fall-ish and delish! Definitely one to be trying very soon :) Welcome home!!

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Lizzie September 25, 2010 at 9:18 am

Angela, I herby command you to not post anymore yummy recipes until our kitchen is finally done being renovated and I have bench space and a sink!! :) This looks SO good!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm

haha uh oh that is a sentence worse than death!

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Lizzie September 25, 2010 at 2:16 pm

You would be going crazy!! :) Well, we have a stove – but the bathroom is a temporary place for washing up and I think I might have clogged the sink in my attempts to not eat out . . . ooh er! However I have an excuse to use the Whole Foods salad bar :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2010 at 2:34 pm

haha! Oh man I feel your pain. You can come over and I will cook for you, how does that sound? ;)

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Lizzie September 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Don’t tempt me – I’ll take you up on it! Especially after those vegan tarts . . and I’m not even vegan!! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2010 at 7:04 pm

haha sure, they are in the fridge. The banana ganache one is gone though!

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Sarah L. September 25, 2010 at 9:41 am

I no longer have a microwave. Do you think it is possible to soften the squash in the oven?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Softening the squash is not necessary…it just makes it a bit easier to cut. You can certainly do it without :)

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Katherine September 25, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Isn’t it so nice to come home? As amazing as your vacation must have been, I’m sure you missed home!

And oh wow on the hardwood! Is your husband installing it himself? That’s so great! And what a beautiful color for the wood! You’re going to love it!! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm

yes he is!

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Kaitlin September 25, 2010 at 4:37 pm

This dinner looks delicious! My mom brought home some squash today (what a coincidence :) ..I may have to take over the kitchen tonight and try this out!

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Kate D September 25, 2010 at 5:51 pm

That casserole yummy! Now I know what to have for dinner tomorrow!

I also love your butter rice recipe–best way to eat rice ever.

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Robin O'Connell September 26, 2010 at 8:37 am

I’ve got the casserole in the oven—yes!! I am so excited to try it. It smells so wonderful!

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Elizabeth @ elizathon September 26, 2010 at 11:50 am

I made this last night. I used toasted almonds instead of pumpkin seeds (that’s what I had on hand). The crunchy texture of a nut or seed is very important. Very nice dish. thx!

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Lorinda September 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I made this last night and it was fantastic! Thanks for the great recipe!

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Sarah L. September 28, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Mine is in the oven and my whole house smells amazing. Can’t wait to try it!

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Robyn September 30, 2010 at 7:53 am

Mmmm I made this casserole last night and also tried your amazing dressing on some spinach. Both parts of the meal were simply divine and I can’t wait to eat the leftovers! This is my very favorite casserole ever! It tastes like Fall in your mouth. =) Thanks for sharing it!

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Kathi October 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I just wanted to let you know I made the casserole last night and it was fabulous! There is plenty of leftovers and I look forward to eating again this week! SO GOOD! Thanks so much for sharing such wonderful recipes. Being a new vegan it helps out a LOT!

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melanie October 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm

This was absolutely delicious and definitely one of my favourites since becoming vegan!!! I plan on serving with Thanksgiving dinner this weekend. Would it be possible to prepare a day in advance? Could I make it a day in advance and then simply reheat it in the oven?

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Nicole August 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I made this last night for my family and it turned out phenomenal! It was so easy to make, too! Thanks so much for posting :)

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Sally DeHart September 25, 2012 at 12:26 am

Just made this casserole, so delicious and dessert like! I added some golden raisins and it was so yummy! Thanks also for all of your awe inspiring recipes!

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Diane October 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Tried this tonight with just a few tweaks. Had run out of the Basmati so used brown rice and had some wild rice already cooked just screaming from the freezer to go into this dish. Added a few more pumpkin seeds too. Loved by all… I was even thinking of having it for breakfast…

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Amanda October 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I love your blog and I’m in the process of going through your recipes. This one ended up a little sweet for me (and I did omit the sugar). It tasted a bit like breakfast, but as you said, it was a very autumn-y recipe full of warmth and spices. I think I might add less cinnamon, up the garam masala, and maybe add some sauteed onions next time in addition to cutting the amount of maple syrup. Delicious though!

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Jamee October 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Hi Angela, I made this casserole yesterday (with a few slight modifications) and featured it on my latest blog post. Check out jameepalmer.tumblr.com to see how it went (here’s a hint–delicious!) Thank you for posting this recipe, it was exactly what I needed!

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Inés November 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Hi Angela,
This was our today’s dinner and I really liked the slightly sweet flavor-combination! Butternut is my favorite squash so far by the way :-)
I used a bit less honey (I always use honey instead of maple syrup, as there is no organic maple syrup around here in Germany) than you did, as I was not so much in a dessert-mood ;-)
Just one question: Do you have an idea where I could get more sauce from? Vegetable broth or something didn’t seem right to me…this way the rice was sightly dry, but nevertheless the smell and everything else was fantastic! Just some sauce to go from 95% great to 100% great is what I am thinking about. So, I’d be happy about a suggestion :-)

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Myrtle November 24, 2012 at 8:45 am

I like how you improved the spice mix from the original recipe. We used the original instructions (i.e., left out the rice), though. It was terrific for Thanksgiving. The main dish was turduken, so in the spirit of name-mooshing, we dubbed this “squapple.” Thanks for the recipe enhancements.

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Herbivore Triathlete December 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I may make this as a side for Christmas minus the rice, think it would work out ok?

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Aimee October 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Literally looking at this and my stomach started growling….LOUD! Oh Angela!! You are too good!!!

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Dania October 31, 2013 at 10:53 am

I replaced the rice with quinoa for protein and it turned out great! I love the sweetness mixed with the curry. However, my squash cooked faily quickly….the recommended 30 mins at the end were not really necessary
Thanks!

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Tracie November 20, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Totally making this for Thanksgiving! What size casserole dish works best? I’m such an amateur :-\

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Nicole December 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

Just curious, how many servings does this yield? Looks delicious. Thanks!

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Becky December 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Do you suppose I could use leftover baked butternut squash for this recipe? Maybe just throw it in the oven to rewarm?

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Analuna May 5, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Hello, this recipe looks amazing and I want to make it for my house this week! However, do you think I could replace the cooked rice with cooked green lentils?

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Jill July 23, 2014 at 4:50 am

What earth balance product is included in the recipe? “Butter”? I’m sure this is obvious to most but I’m a cooking/baking neophyte. Thanks a bunch! I can’t wait to try the recipe!

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Allison October 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Yes, ‘buttery spread’

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Allison October 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I made this tonight. It was amazing. Kid and husband friendly. My husband is very picky but he is trying to get back to a vegetarian diet. He didn’t even want to try when I described what it was, but he ate two huge plates full. He called it ‘apple pie dinner’. I didnt follow the quantities of butternut squash, apple, or rice, just kind of used what I had and added enough rice to fill. I also added some garbanzo beans for extra protein and because they are yummy. Will definitely make again. Thank you!

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Amy October 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm

So delicious , I added turmeric to this recipe and it turned out perfectly, my new fav fall recipe, Thank you!

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Alison December 7, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Whoops! I usually prepare all my ingredients first and then start cooking. So I had the squash peeled, chopped, and washed before I realized I was supposed to put it in there microwave first. Oh no! I really messed this up. But…. hopefully it will still be delicious.

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Cat January 6, 2015 at 9:00 am

Hi! This looks amazing. Just wondering – I don’t have a microwave so can I skip the microwaving step? Or should I roast the squash whole for a bit to soften it up? My local health food store usually sells pre cubed butternut squash, is the microwaving just to help with cutting it up?

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Amy Lewis April 26, 2015 at 7:41 am

Can you tell me how many servings this makes?

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Teresa White @The Kale Storm October 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm

I made the casserole last night and it was so good, both warm from the oven and cold for lunch today! It wasn’t even as work-intensive as I thought it was, especially if you microwave the squash for a few minutes before peeling and if you don’t peel the apples. I used only 2 tbsp of maple syrup and no extra, which was plenty sweet enough for me. I also used a few chopped walnuts instead of pumpkin seeds. This dish is really delicious, easy, and healthy! :) Thank you for this yummy recipe!

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Tiffany December 21, 2015 at 9:24 pm

I am a newlywed and just cooked dinner for my husband’s whole family for the first time. They are gourmet cooks so I was a little intimidated. But wow, made this as a side dish and they LOVED it! Great dish for our pre-Christmas family dinner. Great combo with the squash, sweet apples (I used one gala and one green) paired with the brown basmati rice- delicious! Thank you so much Angela!

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Diane October 7, 2016 at 8:14 am

Theres an ingredient listed here as Earth Balance. Thats a brand. What is the ingredient? I want to make this but dont know what it is!

Thanks

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Angela Liddon October 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

Hi Diane, Great question! In this case I’m referring to Earth Balance’s vegan buttery spread. :)

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Alyssa October 8, 2016 at 6:23 pm

Delicious! I’ve made this a couple times, making a few changes. I use kabocha squash instead of butternut, and I also cut down on the earth balance a bit, using 2 tablespoons instead of three, and I also add a can of chickpeas to make it a meal.

Tastes like pure fall goodness :)

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Joanne October 12, 2017 at 7:57 pm

Hi! This looks so good! I would like to bring this to a pot luck. What would you recommend for re-heating? I was thinking I would cook this about an hour or two before it would be served and just need to quickly pop it in the oven at the venue to warm it back up. How long would you recommend?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

Hey Joanne, Oh it’s been a long time since I’ve made this recipe so I had to take a peek at it for a refresher. I think it would need around 20 to 30 minutes reheating in the oven?

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Joanne October 14, 2017 at 8:11 am

Thanks, I will give that a try!

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